According to the creators: “’Hoy (In His Memory)’ is a narrative symphony for integrated vocal text and computer synthesis. It is a dramatic musical composition designed specifically for radio broadcast. The libretto is adapted from a section of Dale Worsley’s novel ‘Ringer Pike.’ The title character, Hoy, lives in the hills of West Virginia. He is a self-employed auto mechanic who lives by bartering repairs for his daily needs. The entire narrative symphony takes place thorough... Topics: KPFA-FM, Hörspiel, Radio Drama, Music
byMaro Ajemian, Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Friedman
Ode To Gravity with Charles Amirkhanian, A Visit With Maro Ajemian (August 26, 1970). Internationally renowned pianist Maro Ajemian, her husband Lionel Galstaun, and KPFA's Richard Friedman and Charles Amirkhanian discuss the music of Komitas (1869-1935), an Armenian composer, performer, and musicologist, whose compositions are based on folk tunes of Armenia and set in the modes, rhythms, and harmonies of Eastern rather than Western (e.g. Khachaturian) composition. Examples of piano works and... Topics: Folk, 20th Century Classical, Radio Shows Source: Other Minds
A work by conceptual artist Mike Cohn in which at the beginning of each Morning Concert for the month of April a single note in sequential ascending order was broadcast. Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event, Other Finds, Mike Cohn
On November 7, 1971, between the hours of 2 PM and 4 PM, as part of its genre defying, groundbreaking Radio Event series, KPFA invited the public to play music live on the radio. The KPFA mobile bus was at a park in downtown Berkeley California where the listening public, and anybody else in the area, was asked to bring sound making devices of any sort and to play them in front of the KPFA mics. Foghorns, tympani, license plates, gongs, saxophones, guitars, and garbage cans were all welcome.... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event Series, Audience Participation, Field Recordings
One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory, Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. In this, the 23rd program in the series, Alex Dea and a group of 25 singers, invited the listening audience of KPFA to come to the studio, or gather at their home with friends and with the radio on, and join them in an evening of meditative chanting. In “Piece I” everyone was instructed to sing at their lowest note and gradually move to their highest note using any vowel sounds... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event Series, Interactive Art, Audience Participation
Phil Lesh and Gary Lambert present music from New York guitarist-composer Bill Horvitz. After a brief introduction a series of musical selections are heard including recordings of a jazz ensemble performing “The Mirrored Heart” and “The Way It Feels,” both recorded on December 5, 1986 at Roulette in New York City. Sandwiched in between are three compositions for solo electric guitar. The first, “Coyote Man in the Center of the Sun,” was commissioned for a celebration of the Summer... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Rex Radio series, Interview, Jazz, Guitar Music
Will Ogdon interviews former KPFA music director and current music critic for the New York Times. Mr. Rich discusses his daily routine at the Times as well as describing the status of the the New York Times and the ability of its music critics to enhance the reputation and career of performing artists. Topics: KPFA-FM, Pacifica Radio, Interview, Other Finds, Alan Rich
Charles Amirkhanian visited with host Grahame Dudley of Radio Adelaide, Australia, on December 1, 2011 (9am-12pm). "Imagine that you were asked to create a 60-second 'commercial' in the form of a work of new music which was to be aired on a European rock station. Furthermore, that the sound of the piece was, in some way, to exemplify the cultural connection between France and the U.S. Via immigration, migration, domination, and through war and peace, the populations of these two nations... Topics: Radio, Music, Interview, Radio Adelaide, Charles Amirkhanian, New music, Electronic music,...
Guus Feist of Radio Nederland talks with the American avant-garde composer Earle Brown, who in February 1974 began a six week series of lectures and workshops sponsored by the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. Brown describes his lectures which were about the interplay between modern music, visual art, and literature, as well as his workshops, in which he taught about improvisational techniques, varying forms of musical notation, and the incorporation of multimedia elements into musical... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Nederland, Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical, Aleatory
A fascinating visit with pianist Ton Hartsuiker and composer David Porcelijn, two prominent avant-garde figures in Holland and producers of that country’s nationwide weekly radio program, Musica Nova. Recorded January 15, 1974, in Hartsuiker’s home in The Hague, here is a light-hearted glimpse into the bowels of the obscure and little publicized aspects of experimental music in the Netherlands. Some of the most fascinating examples of Dutch composing are heard as well as Hartsuiker’s... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Sound Poetry, Dutch Radio
In a unique integration of radio, art, and the listening audience, Peter Veres, Anthony Gnazzo, and Gene Turitz present an interactive documentary on bags. This intermedia event was co-sponsored by KPFA and the Berkeley Art Center in Live Oak Park, Berkeley. This program is, in many ways, a field recording of children and other visitors interacting in a room full of bags at the Art Center, while Veres, Gnazzo, and Turitz provide a running commentary on the events as they unfold (or get... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Interactive Art, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Bags, Field Recordings
Composed in 1969 specifically for broadcast on KPFA’s groundbreaking, audience participation, Radio Event series, Anthony Gnazzo has created yet another hilarious work of sound poetry or aural montage. Mixing snippets of advertisements, announcements, and music from the mainstream media with excerpts of phone interviews that Gnazzo conducted with KPFA listeners about their impressions of radio programming and commercials, this work captures the combination of youthful innocence and crass... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art, Participatory Art, Anthony...
One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. For this program, Anthony Gnazzo, solicited from KPFA listeners, brief recordings of various sounds of their own choosing. This collection was then subjected to chance operations by Gnazzo, and lo and behold, “An Orchestra Is Born”. Somewhat reminiscent of John Cage’s “33 1/3”, the resulting auditory montage is a wonderfully diverse mix of spoken word, music, and just down... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Events series, Anthony Gnazzo, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art
This is the first in a series of programs produced by KPFA's Music Department in which artists from various disciplines were asked to take any amount of air time and get the audience to respond physically to the audio broadcast instead of just being passive listeners. While the events can be enjoyed as auditory soundscapes the primary purpose was to produce "event art" or "happenings", with the listeners as active participants. In this first such program of its type intended... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media art, Interactive art, Audience participation, Soundscapes
This is the second in a series of groundbreaking, participatory, radio programs produced by KPFA. In this program, recorded on October 31, 1969, Berkeley California sculptor, Peter Veres, invited listeners to take part in a do-it-yourself Halloween Brindle Party, a self-proclaimed Witches’ Sabbath, all through the magic of the radio air waves. (What’s a Brindle you ask, why it's the opposite of a Mugwamp of course.) Prior to the actual event, subscribers to the KPFA program guide were... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media, Visual Art, Interactive Art, Audience Participation
Broadcasted live from the Mills College Electronic Tape Music Center via a remote portable transmitter, Tom Zahuranec's "Bucket-Ful Mercury Walk" invited listeners at home to drive to Mills and assist in creating sounds using various electronic equipment including Moog and Buchla synthesizers. Guests discovered and experimented with their manipulated voices while others helped turn nobs on the instruments. Charles Amirkhanian reports live from the event where over two hundred people... Topics: KPFA, KPFB, Radio Event, Tom Zahuranec, Mills College Electronic Tape Music Center, Don Buchla
A lengthy aural montage of interviews and monologues on the topic of “junk” mixed with snippets of jazz music and live in-studio chatter and listener phone calls to KPFA. Under the direction of composer Anthony Gnazzo, his text-sound composition was played on the radio during one of KPFA’s groundbreaking listener participatory Radio Events. Chaotic and fun, this sort of adventurous and experimental programing was typical of the anarchistic artistic world that was Berkeley during the late... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Sound Poetry, Inter-Media, Visual Art, Audience Participation
One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory, Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. This program, entitled “Boiling Water” was created by Philip Corner in conjunction with Charles Amirkhanian and his wife Carol Law. In order to participate, the audience was encouraged to listen to the radio while standing near the stove. The general idea was to have the audience boil some water and make some tea, or some other warm beverage, in concert with the two on-air... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Interactive Art, Inter-Media Art, Audience Participation
Armenia Gardenia” by Charles Amirkhanian, was the 14th program in the groundbreaking Radio Event series, in which audience reactions were incorporated into a live KPFA radio broadcast. This work utilizes short pre-recorded sound events, such as snatches of music or talking, that were then played over the air interspersed with long periods of silence. Amirkhanian then waited for listeners to call into the station to inquire as to the nature of the broadcast in progress. These calls were... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Interactive Art, Inter-Media Art, Audience Participation
Stanley Lunetta, editor of the avant-garde music periodical “Source”, invited the listening audience to participate at home as part of KPFA’s groundbreaking, interactive, participatory, Radio Event series. Using a graphic score and list of instructions published in the December 1969 KPFA Folio, or program guide, audience members were encouraged to listen to various programs on KPFA while altering the settings of their radios. The listeners were requested to record the sonic results and to... Topics: KPFA-FM, Radio Event series, Inter-Media, Visual Art, Interactive Art, Electronic Music, Audience...
A series of programs produced by the Independent Composers Association of Los Angeles in cooperation with the Olympics Arts Festival. Six composers were commissioned to create sound works for radio which could be transmitted during the period of the pre-Games Arts Festival in the Los Angeles area and nationally via American Public Radio. Gail Eichenthal introduces each segment. Program 1: A new work by John Cage, completed at the West German Radio in Cologne. “HMCIEX” is the work’s title.... Topics: KPFA-FM, 1984 Olympics, Radio, Music, Text-sound compositions, Electronic music, Electro-acoustic...
Exactly 25 years after KPFA first went on the air, Larry Josephson hosts a program commemorating the event. In a mix of interviews with some of the stations earliest personalities, including Joy Hill, widow of the station's founder Lewis Hill, and excerpts from some of the best programs from the past 25 years, Josephson recalls the illustrious history of the country's first listener supported radio station. Topics: Pacifica Radio Network, KPFA-FM, Public Radio, radio stations, Lewis Hill